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Showing posts with label Bontoc Mt. Province. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bontoc Mt. Province. Show all posts

Monday, September 18, 2023

Bontoc farmers turn paddy field into a breathtaking works of art

Photo Courtesy || Gretchen Lippad Buasen

Cordillera - In a mesmerizing display of creativity and agricultural ingenuity, rice farmers in Bontoc, Mountain Province, have turned their paddy fields into canvases, producing breathtaking works of art that have captivated social media users worldwide.

On September 15, 2023, Gretchen Lippad Buasen took to Facebook to share awe-inspiring photographs of the Rice Terraces of Bontoc. These images showcased a remarkable fusion of agriculture and artistry, with intricate designs adorning the lush green rice paddies. 

These designs encompassed a wide range of themes, including religious messages like John 3:16 and patriotic slogans like 'In God we Trust,' as well as heartfelt expressions like 'Loving Arms' and 'God Loves Bayyo,' among others.

This unique form of artistry, known as rice paddy art, originated in Japan in 1993 as a means of regional economic revitalization. Instead of traditional paint, rice paddy artists use different varieties of rice plants with varying colors to create colossal pictures on the fields, effectively turning the fertile land into their canvas.

The breathtaking artistry in Bontoc's rice fields not only showcases the farmers' dedication but also highlights the harmonious coexistence of agriculture and art, adding another layer of cultural richness to this picturesque region. 

Visitors and locals alike are eager to explore this unique fusion of farming and artistry that has put Bontoc on the map for a different kind of natural beauty.


Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Bontoc Municipal Government Seeks National Treasure Status for Maligcong Rice Terraces

Photo Courtesy || Pagcor

Cordillera - The Municipal Local Government of Bontoc, Mountain Province representing the Barangay Local Government of Maligcong and its residents has filed a Petition to Declare the Maligcong Rice Terraces as a National Culture Treasure (NCT) to the office of the National Commission of Culture and Arts. 


The Municipality of Bontoc, nestled in the northern part of the Philippines, boasts Maligcong as one of its sixteen captivating barangays. Spanning an expansive 1,160 hectares, Maligcong is home to the breathtaking Maligcong Rice Terraces, a gem in the region's tourism crown. Perched atop Mt. Kupapey, this natural wonder is a testament to the indigenous wisdom passed down through generations, with "Maligcong" itself signifying field leveling, exemplified by these magnificent terraces.

Maligcong's inhabitants have embraced their role as stewards of this artistic landscape, inspiring a commitment to its preservation. Upon entering the barangay, visitors are greeted by warm smiles and picturesque mountain vistas. Strong cultural ties bind the community, shielding Maligcong from the waves of modernization.

Rice, the lifeblood of Maligcong, shaped the creation of its terraces, built by the toil and determination of forefathers. These enduring stone structures, though weathered by natural calamities, reflect the resilience of Maligcong's people.

The recent nomination for the UNESCO-Greece Melina Mercouri International Prize underscores the significance of Maligcong Rice Terraces as a national cultural treasure of the Philippines. This recognition elevates Maligcong's status as a world-class tourist destination, inviting all to cherish and protect this captivating landscape for generations to come.


Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Family in Mt. Province Builds Stunning Two-Story House on Solid Rock Foundation

Cordillera - In the picturesque town in Mt. Province, a family has crafted a remarkable two-story house perched upon a sturdy rock, just above a tranquil river. 

This awe-inspiring architectural feat showcases the advantages of building upon a solid foundation. 

While many structures are erected on soil or weak ground, this family's decision to construct their home on a rock brings numerous benefits.

The first advantage lies in stability and durability. The unyielding rock foundation ensures the house can withstand natural forces like earthquakes and floods, providing unmatched safety and peace of mind for the family. 

Additionally, the elevated location grants stunning panoramic views, connecting the household with nature's beauty.

The house exemplifies environmental consciousness, as it requires minimal excavation and disruption to the landscape. Furthermore, the inherent energy efficiency of the rock keeps the interior cooler during scorching summers and acts as a thermal buffer during colder months.

The family's bold choice inspires architects and homeowners alike, showcasing the significance of a rock-solid foundation in constructing resilient, eco-friendly, and aesthetically pleasing homes that harmonize with their surroundings.


Saturday, April 15, 2023

7-year-old girl in Bontoc donates savings to fire victims

Photo Courtesy || Municipality of Bontoc

Cordillera - In a heartwarming display of generosity, Hazel Cassandra Lingbanan, affectionately known as "Gagsi," showed that age is just a number when it comes to helping others. 

On the occasion of her 7th birthday, the young girl from Samoki, Bontoc, decided to donate all her savings to victims of a recent fire in their community.

Gagsi's piggy bank had been filling up for months with her savings from various chores and tasks around the house. 

When she heard about the devastating fire that had destroyed many homes in her village, she knew she wanted to do something to help. 

Without hesitation, she broke open her piggy bank and counted out her hard-earned savings, which came to a total of P3,155.

Her mom were touched by her selflessness and decided to accompany her to the local relief center to make the donation. 

Gagsi was beaming with pride as she handed over her savings to the officials, who were amazed by her kind gesture. 

Her mom said that they were proud of her and hoped that her act of kindness would inspire others to lend a helping hand to those in need.

Gagsi's act of kindness has reminded us that no matter how small we are, we can make a big difference in the lives of others. 

Indeed, Gagsi has shown us that the true meaning of birthday celebrations is not just about receiving gifts, but also about giving back to those who need it the most.


Saturday, July 23, 2022

LOOK: Bontoc General Hospital receives brand new CT Scan machines from DOH

Photo Courtesy || MP-PIO

Cordillera - The brand new CT scan of Bontoc General Hospital (BoGH) will start operating as soon as its License to Operate will be issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to the update published by the Provincial Government of Mt. Province.

The CT scan was delivered to BoGH on May 2022 as part of the various assistance from the DOH like the previously delivered mobile x-ray machine and incubator.  

Provincial Health Officer II Annie Claire B. Pekas said there's an ongoing in-house training for the two radiologic technologists, three nurses, three radiologists and three electricians who will be manning the said machine.

Dr. Pekas said that the BoGH is conducting dry run for actual patients as part of the test procedures. 

"10 of our patients have already undergone the procedure and it was during this test period that we saw some things which we still need to address. With the strong support of our Provincial Government officials,  we hope to address our lack of human resources for a well-manned CT Scan unit. We will in time, God-willing," Dr. Pekas said.

"We also beg for everyone's understanding as there will be certain adjustments and hitches along the way with this new and additional health service that we are offering. Anyhow, we will try our best to address issues or concerns as we journey towards an  enhanced healthcare facility," she added.


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

PBGEN Enmodias of Mt. Province is 2nd head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)

Photo Courtesy || PBGEN Enmodias

Cordillera - Proud Igorot cop from Mt. Province has assumed post as the second leader of the Philippine National Police (PNP)'s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG). 

Police Brigadier General Oliver Enmodias who hails from Barlig, Mt. Province now heads the PNP's primary investigation group that conducts operations against notorious wanted persons and organized crime group. 

Prior to holding post in the CIDG, PBGEN Enmodias worked as the Executive Officer to Directorate for Integrated Police Operation (DIPO-NL). 

READ ALSO: Igorot army awarded highest military award for his gallantry in action - The Gold Cross Award

He also headed the recruitment and selection division of PRO-12 Directorate for Personnel Records and Management (DPRM). 

PBGen. Enmodias is a proud member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1990 and finished his high school at the SLU Boys High in 1984.

He was the former PDEA-CAR Regional Director and former provincial director of Mt. Province. 

READ ALSO: Miner's son from Sabangan, Mt. Province promoted One-Star PNP General

PBGEN Enmodias is known for his intelligence in the police work when he headed the two joint task forces that proved the twin bombings in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat in 2018 and the December 31 bombing in front of a mall in Cotabato City.


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

ABS CBN news anchor Bernadete Sembrano is a proud Igorota from Mt. Province

Photo Courtesy || Bernadette Sembrano IG

Cordillera - One of the news anchors of Philippine's biggest TV network ABS CBN is an Igorota from Bontoc, Mountain Province.

Bernadette Sembrano-Aguinaldo is a TV reporter, a journalist and a radio broadcaster. She is one of the co-anchors of ABS CBN's TV Patrol.

Bernadette's mother, Ellaine Dominguez Sembrano is a councilor of Baguio City. 

Sembrano is one of the most loved and admired Filipina reporters and hosts. 

With her many years in the field, her heart for news and television have gained her numerous awards. 

In her career as a journalist, Bernadette received numerous awards for her solid reputation in the TV industry.

- Most Admired Female TV Personality (from 2005-2010), Anak TV Seal Awards

- One of Best Morning Show Hosts for Umagang Kay Ganda (from 2008-2011), Star Awards for TV

- Best Public Service Program Host (Salamat Doc) 2012 6th Gandingan Awards

- Female Broadcast Journalist of the Year for TV-Rotary Club of Manila Journalism Awards 2014

- Best TV Anchor (Dateline Philippines) - 13th Gawad Tanglaw 2015

- Best Female Morning Host (Umagang Kay Ganda)-2016 Paragala Awards

- Best Female News Anchor - (TV Patrol) Golden Laurel LPU Batangas Media Awards 2017

In one of her Instagram post, Bernadette posed a photo with Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao and Eduard Folayang. She wrote, "he (Folayang) belongs to the kankanaey tribe, ako naman Bontoc ang roots!" with a hashtag "#igorotak"


Friday, October 16, 2020

Igorota from Bontoc made it to the final of Asia's Grandest Livestream Competition

Photo Courtesy || Phemarie Focasan

Cordillera - The lone representative of the Philippines for the search of "Yippi's Live Star Quest" - Asia's Grandest Livestream Competition has made it to the final after outscoring 2000 performers from different countries. 

Miss Phmarie Focasan, a native from Bontoc, Mt. Province, a license architect, a singer and a dancer is calling for the support of her kababayans and kailyans.

The Yippi Asean Live "Star Quest" Competition is a search for the best Yippi Livestream performers from different countries. 

The final competition is scheduled this Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 9:30 to 10:30 pm.


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Bontoc receives National ADAC Performance Marker Award

Photo Courtesy || Municipality of Bontoc FB
Cordillera - The municipality of Bontoc is one of only three municipalities in Mountain Province that received the 2019 National Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) Performance Award Marker.
The other awardees in Mountain Province are the municipalities of Sadanga under the leadership of Mayor Gabino Ganggangan and Paracelis headed by Mayor Marcos Ayangwa.

The National ADAC Performance Award is given to LGUs that achieve an adjectival rating of Ideal (high functionality) based on the 2018 ADAC Performance Audit.

Bontoc garnered a score of 95 functionality points with its evident efforts to implement, coordinate and complement the national government's measures to eradicate the country's illegal drugs problem.

Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey who is also the Chairperson of the Municipal Anti –Drug Abuse Council (MADAC) credited the award to the collaborative efforts of the partner national government agencies, religious sectors, other stakeholders, and the community.
Among the notable program of the capital town through its MADAC is the Community Based Treatment Program known as the Bontoc Emergency Response to Addiction (BonTERA) that it offers to drug surrenderers.

The National (ADAC) Performance Award Marker was turned over by PCAPT Barnard Bone Navarra, the Chief of Police of Bontoc Municipal Police Station (MPS) to Mayor Odsey on September 24, 2020, at the Bontoc Municipal Capitol. Also present to witness the turnover of award was Sangguniang Bayan member Jerome Tudlong, Jr.

source || Municipality of Bontoc FB

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Igorot PH Army General is new commander of the Army Signal Regiment

Photo Courtesy || Philippine Army
Cordillera - An Igorot general from Cordillera has been named as the new commander of the Army Signal Regiment (ASR) of the Philippine Army during the turnover ceremony held in Fort Bonifacio on Monday. 
Brigadier General Milton Y. Beset was installed as the new commander of the ASR replacing Brigadier General Vener Odilon D. Mariano. 

The Bontoc, Mountain Province born and Baguio raised B/Gen Beset, was the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, Electronic and Information System (CEIS) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. 

A graduate of the Officer Candidate School in 1990, B/Gen spent his junior officeship with the First Scout Ranger Regiment, Philippine Army before he trod his career with the military signal, communication, and cyber warfare, as a graduate of Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) at Saint Louis University, Baguio City. He is also a licensed Engineer.
B/Gen Beset further honed his skills as Military Officer and Cyberwarfare expert with his various schooling, both local and abroad, and his assignments to various positions in the Armed Forces, particularly on matters pertaining to signal communication and cyber warfare or C4ISTAR.

He finished his elementary at Pinsao Elementary School, Pinsao, Baguio City, and his high school at Easter School, Guisad Baguio City.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Igorot film "TOKWIFI" wins Best in this Year`s Cinemalaya Independent Festival 2020

Photo Courtesy || CNN
Cordillera - An Igorot short film titled "Tokwifi" by Carla Pulido Ocampo has been named the best in this Year's Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival during the 16th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival on August 12.

Tokwifi is a story of a 1950 mestiza star who was trapped inside a television that fell from the sky, dreaming romantic romp with a Bontoc Igorot man who does not know how to kiss. 

Director Ocampo said that she wanted to reflect her insecurities being an outsider and becoming a part of the Bontoc community.

The country's biggest indie film recognition was conferred virtually and here a some of the short films that won award.

Audience Choice: "Quing Lalam Ning Aldo (Under the Sun)" by Reeden Fajardo

Best Screenplay: "Pabasa Kan Pasyon" by Huber Tibi

Special Jury Prize: "Ang Pagkalma sa Unos (To Calm the Pig Inside)" by Joana Vasquez Arong

NETPAC Jury Prize: "Tokwifi" by Carla Pulido Ocampo

Best Direction: "Living Things" by Martika Ramirez Escobar 

Best Film: Tofwifi" by Carlo Pulido Ocampo.


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Couple from Bontoc, Mt. Province celebrated wedding anniversary by donating food to the frontliners

Photo Courtesy || Jen Basco & MDRRM Office
Cordillera-  A couple from Bontoc celebrated their wedding anniversary by making a difference and sharing their blessings to others.
While the whole town is on Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), celebrating especial occasions doesn't necessarily have to be the usual norm. 

The couple Mr. Raymundo Basco and Mrs. Jen Basco decided to celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary with practicality and so much consideration of other people.

Their celebration was complemented with generosity and kindness by providing snacks to the front liners through the Bontoc Operations Center (OpCen). 

They donated a box of pineapple and peanut bread, 12 bottles of local organic honey and three packs of organic muscovado sugar.

For most married couples, celebrating a marriage milestone is something exclusive and considered a very significant occasion.  

It is more than celebrating a win, survival, or achievement that made this occasion extra especial. So, don't wonder why other couples celebrate wedding anniversaries grander than their wedding.

Meanwhile, the kindhearted Mr. and Mrs. Basco,  owner of Rio Chico Marketing, could have just saved their  money or postponed their celebration until this pandemic is over. Then, plan for a  grander celebration with family and friends. 
However, they chose generosity and kindness and made a difference by celebrating their life and union together as a couple by becoming a channel of blessing to other people. 

Our best wishes and greetings for the couple. May you receive more blessings as you both grow old together! 

Monday, March 9, 2020

Mt.province, 12 LGUs in Cordillera get RDC’s highest medal of excellence on forwarding local autonomy

Cordillera - Twelve local government units of Cordillera including Mt.Province were recognized by the Cordillera office of the Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) for their vital contributions in the pursuit for regional autonomy through the coveted Forwarding Local Autonomy Medal of Excellence (FLAME) award during First Quarter RDC Full Council Meeting held in Bangued, Abra.
According to Mt. Province PIO, the province itself was awarded 1st place under the province and highly  urbanized city category. 

Other awardees from Mt. Province are Bontoc LGU, Bauko LGU and Paracelis LGU under the category 2: First to Third Class Municipality/Component City; and Category 3: Fourth to Sixth Class Municipality.

According to RDC-FLAME, the awards aim to recognize the contributions of local governments in upholding the goals of the Regional Development Council (RDC) - CAR towards good governance and sustainable development, and the attainment of an autonomous government. 
The criteria for choosing the top LGU performers include the localized strategies in advancing the cause for the regional autonomy, the support of the concerned local governments to the initiatives of the region's policy-making body in promoting the true essence of autonomy to the grassroots level.

It also includes the existence of various program and projects of LGU that will help in advancing the pursuit for autonomy in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

WATCH: Biyahe ni Drew goes to Bontoc's Maligcong Rice Terraces

Photo Courtesy || Biyahe Ni Drew YT Channel
Cordillera - Maligcong Rice terraces located in Bontoc, Mt Province, is one of the most scenic view every nature lovers should have in their travel itinerary.
GMA's travel documentary hosted by Drew Arellano featured his journey to the small town of Bontoc and his hike to the summit of Mt, Kupapey just to have a full view of the breathtaking rice terraces.

To get the best glimpse of the sunrise and the sea of clouds over the rice terraces, Drew's team needs to wake up early in the morning and hike Mt. Kupapey for 30 minutes. 

"Makikita mo talaga ang texture ng mismong photograph kapag kukuha kayo ng picture, napakaganda...," Drew commented after seeing the majestic rice terraces. 

Watch Drew video below
Going to Maligcong is very easy. If you are coming from Manila, you can take Coda Lines bus in Cubao going to Bontoc town. The bus only makes trips in the evening from 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm and 10:30 pm. The fare is less than P1,000 only.

If you are coming from Baguio City, you can take the GL trans buses which are stationed at Dangwa Terminal or the Rising Sun buses stationed at Slaughter Compound in Magsaysay. Ticket prices range from P180 to P212. 

Getting to Maligcong from Bontoc can be done by riding a jeepney at the back of the Public Market. Just tell the driver that you are going to Maligcong Rice terraces. The fare is only 20 pesos. Jeepney departure time are 8:00 in the morning, and 12:00 noon, 2:30, 4.30 and 5:00 in the afternoon.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Two more centenarians in Mt. Province to receive P100,000 cash gift from national government

Photo Courtesy || Mt. Province PIO
Cordillera - To ensure that they will be provided with enough cash to spend for their basic needs and medical assistance, the local government of Mt. Province is set to provide two centenarians with cash incentives. 
Mt. Province PIO said two more residents in the province were included in the list of provincial awardees who are set to be awarded with P100,000 cash incentives coming from the national government. 

Avelina Placido, 100 and a resident of Gayang, Sabangan and 100-year old Petra Segat of Lubo, Tadian were both the sixth centenarian to receive the award in their respective municipality, the report said.

It added that Mt.Province governor Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr. personally turned over congratulatory resolution, a plaque of recognition and a check amounting to P30,000 each on January 21.
Under RA 10868, all Filipinos who reach the age of 100 will receive a letter of felicitation from the President of the Philippines and a P100,000 cash gift, whether they are residing in the Philippines or abroad.

Centenarians are also entitled to awards and incentives from their respective city or municipality after being determined by the local government unit. 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

LOOK: Condom Vending Machine now available in Bontoc, 2 pesos only for 1 pack

Photo Courtesy || Bontoc Municipality FB
Cordillera - In an effort to help people engaging in sexual activity avoid and prevent the transmission of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and HIV-AIDS, the Department of Health (DOH) has installed a vending machine in the municipality of Bontoc. 

People of Bontoc can now use the machine to avail of the condoms for their protection at a very low price of only 2 pesos per pack. 

All they have to do is insert two new one peso coins and get one box containing three pieces of condoms with two different flavors, vanilla and chocolate.

READ ALSO: Cherry Blossoms in Atok, Benguet expected to start blooming in March and April this year

The Municipal Health Office on Bontoc made the announcement today January 16 through the Municipality of Bontoc Facebook Page. 

In 2019, the Philippines has been ranked as the country with the fastest growing number of HIV cases in the world, according to the Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS).

READ ALSO: Bontoc municipality bags highest award for good governance in 2018

Intervention efforts have been implemented by the Department of Health to stop the spread of HIV which includes giving affordable condoms to Filipinos. 

Using condom is one ABC methods to avoid and prevent someone from getting infected with HIV and AIDS. 

ABC stands for Abstinence, Being faithful or loyal to your partner and Correct and consistent use of condom.

Friday, March 22, 2019

DFA to bring mobile e-passport processing in Mountain Province

Cordillera - The local government of Bontoc, Mountain Province is encouraging the public to take advantage of the mobile e-passport processing to apply or renew their expired passport at the Multi-Purpose, Provincial Plaza on April 5, 2019.

As announced through the official Facebook Page of the Municipality of Bontoc, the mobile e-passport processing will be conducted by the Department of Foreign Affairs - Office of Consular Affairs (DFA - OCA) in partnership with the Provincial Government of Mountain Province.

The mobile e-passport processing is the 2nd time the DFA will be conducting in the province.

Interested individuals may visit the Municipal Tourism Office at the Bontoc Municipality Capitol or the Office of the Provincial Governor at the Provincial Capitol to have their names be listed for reservation of slots. 

New Passport Application Requirements for Adult

- Accomplished Application Form
- Original copy of Philippine Authority (PSA) Birth Certificate
- Original copy of NSO/SPA Marriage Contract for married females
- Original and Photocopy of valid IDs. 

New Passport Application Requirements for Minor

- Accomplished Application Form
- Personal Appearance of Minor applicant and either parent or authorized adult companion with complete requirements (Special Power of Attorney and Affidavit of Support and Consent)
- PSA Birth Certificate
- Passport or Valid ID of either parent and School ID for eight years old and above

Passport Renewal Requirements for Adult
- Accomplished Renewal Application Form
- Current ePassport with a photocopy of the data page
- Original PSA documents that will support the change of name if applicable to include Marriage Contract, Annotated Birth Certificate, Annotated Marriage Contract and Death Certificate of Spouse. 

Passport Renewal Requirements for Minor
- Accomplished Renewal Application Form
- Personal Appearance of minor applicant and either parent of authorized adult companion with complete requirements (Special Power of Attorney and Affidavit of Support and Consent)
- Passport or Valid ID of either parent, current passport of the applicant and School ID for eight years old and above

Lists of Acceptable IDs for adult applicants
- Social Security System (SSS)/Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)
- Unified Muti-Purpose Identification Card
- Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver's License
- Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
- Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)/Integrated Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE) Card
- Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter's ID or Voter's Registration Record from COMELEC Head or Regional Office
- Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms License
- Senior Citizen ID
- School ID (for students)
- Current Valid ePassport (for renewal of ePassport)

An applicant has to pay the Passport Fee of P1,200.00 and Courier Fee of P150.00.

source || Muncipality of Bontoc

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Bontoc General Hospital (BoGH) now operates 14 dialysis machines for kidney patients

Photo Courtesy || PNA
Cordillera - Bontoc General Hospital (BoGH) has conducted the blessing of a newly constructed rooms and 14 dialysis machines on March 11, 2019. 

Of the fourteen units of these dialysis machines, the 10 units were acquired from the Department of Health (DOH) upon the request of BoGH Chief Doctor Rafael Tannao Kanongkong and Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan. 

With the addition of dialysis machine, BoGH can now accomodate 30 - 40 patients who are undergoing kidney dialysis sessions.

The establishment of dialysis center at the BoGH has spared kidney patients in the province of the physical rigors and the financially draining travels to Luis Hora Memorial Regional Hospital in Abatan, Bauko or to Baguio city for their needed dialysis session. 

Meanwhile, hundreds of Indigenous Peoples (IP) in town has received free medical, dental and wellness services by a group composed of women in line with the celebration of National Women's Month. 

The outreach was held in the municipality of Paracelis which lasted until evening, with some of the patients coming from far-flung villages to avail of free health services and supplies. 

Free services includes medical check-up, dental services, blood sugar screening, and wellness. Medicines were also  given free. 

The group called Happy Hearts is composed of high school batch mates from St. Louis Girls High School in Baguio City. 

The group has been doing this kind of medical outreach to far-flung villages for almost 10 years now according to Happy Hearts resident dentist Rowena Aquino Pascual via PNA. 

She said that those activities were done in partnership with other Baguio-based groups and organizations, and even individuals who give their services for free. The event was also supported by The Generics Pharmacy of JG Summit Holdings.


Monday, March 11, 2019

WATCH FULL VIDEO: Treasures of Bontoc featured on GMA's Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

Photo Courtesy || KMJS 
Cordillera - The province of Bontoc, Mt. Province has been featured on the latest episode of GMA's Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (KMJS) which was aired on Sunday March 10, 2019. 

The team of KMJS did a great job of getting and producing the best and stunning aerial shots of some of the undiscovered places in Bontoc that have high potentials to be turned into tourist destinations. 

One of the places that the team took drone shots is the majestic Maligcong Rice Terraces. The team have to climb Mt. Kopapey as this is the best spot to get a better view of the terraces. 

The video shots also included the unknown to tourists hot spring in Barangay Mainit. Residents in the Barangay are benefiting from the hot spring as they use it for natural sauna aside from cooking eggs. 

Tourism officials of Bontoc are welcoming tourists to visit these places but they encourage them to be responsible tourists by managing their solid waste and following all the reminders and regulations provided by the local government. Those who are planning to visit should register their names in the Barangay. 

You can watch the whole episode below. 


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Bontoc General hospital receives first-class, state-of-the-art CT SCAN from St. Luke's Medical Center

Photo Courtesy || Mountain Province PIO
Cordillera - Medical services to the people of Mountain Province is expected to be enhanced with the turnover of a CT (computed tomography) Scan machine to Bontoc General Hospital (BoGH) from St. Luke's Medical Center last February 28, 2019 according to Mountain Province PIO

Rt. Rev. Brent Harry W. Alawas said that Bontoc General Hospital is a lucky recipient of this first-class, state-of-the-art CT scan given by St Luke's Medical Center.

"There was quite a number of big hospitals that were competing for the CT Scan machine, which is not only an ordinary CT Scan but is considered first-class, state-or-the-art and which worth is close to a hundred million pesos," Bishop Alawas said. 

Ms. Emarfil Marie Q. Whale, the outreach program manager of St. Luke's Medical Center said that Bontoc General Hospital met all the criteria; thus, being the ultimate recipient of the CT Scan machine. She also thanked the office of the province's representative for readily providing transport for the machine. 

READ ALSO:  Luis Hora Hospital in Bauko, Mt. Province first Kidney Dialysis Center now Operational

"The process in bringing the machine to Bontoc seemed like a daunting task, but it had to be done because this will be of great assistance to the people of Mountain Province. It shall save time of travel, money and it will ensure that clients will be receiving better health services that Bontoc General Hospital can and will provide. Thank you Atty. Cyphine Maxcel Dalog for your assistance," she said during the turnover ceremony. 

"Through everyone's selflessness, a task which I thought was impossible due to the winding mountain paths was done and is now here for everyone to use. Today we are all witnesses to the improvements of the hospital and its increase in better health facilities not only for the people of Mountain Province but also for various provinces who may seek the services of the BoGH," she added.

Read Also: Survey says Igorots are among the 'healthiest' Pinoys in the country

source || Mountain Province PIO FB page.


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